7 REASONS TO DRINK LICORICE ROOT TEA
Licorice Root is one of my go-to everyday teas. It not only tastes delicious, it also has many benefits when it comes to the gut, respiratory system and adrenals.
Licorice has traditionally been used as an expectorant, which soothes coughs and relieves congestion. It is also great for soothing sore throats and skin irritations due to its demulcent and anti-inflammatory effects.
Licorice Root Tea is an essential in my kitchen pharmacy because it helps to heal many conditions, including:
Heartburn is that uncomfortable burning sensation experienced in the upper chest and throat after meals, which can be due to over acidity or poor digestion. Licorice Root Tea is a great remedy for soothing the digestive tract and reducing inflammation and acidity.
Sore Throat & Chesty Cough
The demulcent action of Licorice Root tea is great for soothing sore and angry throats associated with throat infections. Next time you wake up with a sore throat, try and brew yourself some fresh Licorice Tea and drink throughout the day for relief. Licorice Root is an expectorant, which means that it expels mucous and phlegm, making it great for breaking down congestion in the lungs, which causes a chesty cough.
When you are stressed, your adrenal glands work overtime producing adrenaline and cortisol, the stress hormones which are involved in the ‘fight or flight’ response to stress. Licorice Root helps to nurture your adrenal glands and lower your cortisol, which can wreck havoc on your health if it is pumping throughout your body for long periods of time.
A classic herbal combination for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is Licorice Root and Peony. These herbs help to reduce excess Androgens (male hormone), which are involved in the hormonal imbalance that characterises this condition.
Licorice Root is a strong anti-inflammatory. So many conditions are linked to inflammation including skin conditions, hormonal conditions such as endometriosis, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and even cancer. This is why it is so important to keep inflammation at bay. By regularly drinking Licorice Root tea, you help to reduce and prevent inflammation so drink up!
Licorice Root is an emollient with anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it perfect for soothing itchy and inflamed skin associated with eczema. Drinking the tea will help to treat the condition from the inside out, but you can also make a salve using Licorice Root to apply topically.
Our gut is meant to form a barrier to protect it from toxins and wastes. However, with leaky gut, the cell junctions are not closed properly which makes it ‘leaky’ and permeable to toxins and wastes entering the blood stream. Licorice Root is great for healing the gut due to its soothing and anti-inflammatory actions.
So there you have it! Licorice Root is truly a wonderful herb with many uses as a home remedy staple. It can be purchased from health food stores in tea bags or loose root. Using the loose root will make for a more potent tea with more powerful healing benefits. Simply add one tablespoon of the root to a tea strainer, add boiling water and steep for five minutes.